2 charged with breaking into Wrigley Field wanted ivy: cops
SUN-TIMES MEDIA September 1, 2013 9:56AM
New York Mets right fielder Mike Baxter crashes into the ivy-covered wall trying to catch hit by Chicago Cubs pitcher Scott Feldman that went for a two run double in the fourth inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Saturday, May 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)
Updated: September 1, 2013 3:28PM
Two Pennsylvania men are facing misdemeanor charges after they allegedly broke into Wrigley Field early Sunday, according to Chicago Police.
Officers were summoned to Wrigley, 1060 W. Addison St., about 3:45 a.m. after security guards saw two men on surveillance camera walking through the stadium, said Chicago Police Officer John Mirabelli, a department spokesman.
They had apparently entered the ballpark by squeezing through a barred window, Mirabelli said. One of the men was 6 feet and 170 pounds and the second man was 6-feet-3 and 180 pounds.
“The men apparently wanted to take a couple pieces of ivy from the outfield walls,” Cubs spokesman Julian Green said. There was no property damage and nothing was stolen.
“This is not the first time that something like this has happened,” said Green about previous attempts of trespassers to steal ivy.
Kevin Burge and Steven Gudknecht, both 25, of Chalfont, Pa., were each charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal trespass, according to Chicago Police.